After dropping a 3-0 decision to the Western Hockey League Champion Spokane Chiefs on Saturday (May 17), the Belleville Bulls bounced back with a 6-3 win over the QMJHL’s Gatineau Olympiques Monday at the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Kitchener, Ontario.
Belleville defenseman Nigel Williams was held off the scoreboard against the Chiefs, but registered team-highs with three points and a +5 rating versus Gatineau.
The Bulls and Olympiques were tied at 3-3 heading into the third period when Williams made his presence felt during a trio of unanswered goals by Belleville. The blue liner assisted on a pair of tallies 2:31 apart and then notched a power-play goal of his own at 17:43 to ice the game.
The victory ensured that Belleville will either play in a tie-breaker game on Thursday or semifinal on Friday. The Bulls could avoid the tie-breaker with a victory over the host Kitchener Rangers Wednesday in their final round-robin game.
The championship game of the 2008 MasterCard Memorial Cup will be contested on Sunday.NCAA
The University of Minnesota announced Thursday that Kent Patterson
, who played with Cedar Rapids of the United States Hockey League the past two seasons, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play hockey at the University of Minnesota.
Patterson, Colorado’s fourth choice (113th overall) in the 2007 Entry Draft, posted a 10-6-1 record with a 2.49 goals-against average and .912 save percentage in 20 appearances with Cedar Rapids this past season.
During the 2006-07 campaign, the netminder ranked second in the USHL with a .913 save percentage and seventh with a 2.91 goals-against average while posting a 20-5-3 mark for the RoughRiders.